200+ firefighters fight Phoenix recycling plant blaze

One firefighter was injured in the response, which was determined to be the largest in the department’s history, a Phoenix Fire Department spokesman said

By Rachel Engel

PHOENIX — A recycling yard fire drew a historic response from the Phoenix Fire Department, with more than 200 firefighters responding to the scene.

The blaze began about 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, the Washington Post reported, with more than 50 firefighters still working to put out hot spots on Sunday morning. One firefighter with a lower leg injury was transported to a hospital.

The intensity of the fire, which drew members from 10 agencies across the area, was a first for the PFD.

“We do go on recycling fires, but for it to hit this this level – it was the first time in history,” Spokesman Capt. Todd Keller said in an interview with the Post. “This is our first time experiencing this.”

The density and volume of smoke appeared on weather radar for the area, and was also visible from space, according to the National Weather Service Phoenix.


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